An expensive signing turned into one of the greats to ever play for Paris Saint Germain. Edinson Cavani has left his mark on the capital with his 157th goal in the famous red and blue strip, making him Paris’ all time top goal scorer.
Underneath I take a look back at his best of the best and his strikes that will forever be in PSG folklore…
PSG 1-1 Ajaccio – August 2013 – The First of Many…
Following his €64 million move to France, Edinson Cavani scored on his first start. A beautiful turn and finish drew PSG level late on against Ajaccio in Ligue 1, a perfect way to get straight into the Parisiens hearts.
The Uruguayan went on to score on his Champions League debut with the Parisians a month later in a win against Olympiacos, earing himself the nickname: El Matador!
PSG 4-0 Bastia – October 2013 – The Mazing Run
Cavani went on to score my personal favourite from the 157 goals in his first season against Bastia. Zlatan Ibrahimović may have grabbed the headlines with his ‘scorpion kick’ in the first half, but the Uruguayan’s dancing feet beat all that tried to oppose him inside a cramped penalty area and finished into a open net.
It wasn’t easy for El Matador to make headlines for himself for the first couple of years in Paris – isolated out on the left wing – as the tall Swede made the team his own. It was possibly those hard times that have made Cavani such a fan favourite right now in the capital.
Lens 1-3 PSG – October 2014 – The Red Card Incident
Cavani’s most controversial goal came when he buried a penalty in an away win against Lens. The Uruguayan celebrated with his normal imaginary machine gun celebration – but only to be booked by the referee and sent off seconds later for dissent.
It was an odd occurrence and not something you see every day, and Cavani could defiantly count himself very unfortunate with the drama.
Cavani has also loved a cup final goal in his time at PSG and scored the winner against Auxerre at the Stade De France to secure a domestic treble, something they followed up a year later with Cavani once again on the score sheet in the Coupe de France final.
Caen 0-6 PSG – September 2016 – Four Goal Thriller
The four goal haul against Caen marked the change of the guard in Paris. As Ibrahimović left the summer before, Cavani showed all the credentials that were needed to replace the talisman up front.
He notched up 100 goals for the club later that season as well as eight goals in eight matches in the Champions League – scoring the fourth in the 4-0 win against Barcelona which is another preference of mine. Despite the disappointment of being runners up in the league in the 2016/17 season, it was Edi’s careers best with an incredible 49 goals in 50 games for club and country.
Marseille 2-2 PSG – October 2017 – Cavani’s last minute free kick
Is there anything better than to deny your rivals the three points than with a free kick deep into stoppage time? Cavani has cherished playing with the likes of Neymar and Mbappe this season but when the time comes he has never been afraid to prove he is still PSG’s number one goal threat.
His curing free kick that went in off the bar in the 92nd minute against Marseille was a special goal and more proof that Cavani only feeds off the pressure in the big matches, much like a Matador.
PSG 4-0 Montpellier – January 2018 – The Record Breaker
The day Edinson Cavani surpassed the great Zlatan Ibrahimović to become PSG’s all time top scorer with 157 goals. In doing so he has cemented his legacy into the club and we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for Uruguayan maestro.